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Ithaca College COOK II - TERRACES in Ithaca, New York

Job Summary

The Cook 2 will be responsible to accurately and efficiently prepare, portion, cook, and present a variety of hot and/or cold food items for various meal periods: to include breakfast, lunch, dinner and special/catered events. The Cook 2 is responsible for cooking and preparing food according to recipes and production guidelines while adhering to food safety, food handling and sanitation procedures.


This position reports to the Lead Sous Chef of unit and indirectly reports to the Executive Chef for their area of campus.

Job Responsibilities

  • Responsible for learning and adhering to all food preparation guidelines as established by the culinary leadership team for Ithaca College Dining Services.

  • Prepare food independently in accordance with current applicable federal, state and cultural standards, as well as guidelines and regulations to ensure high-quality food service is provided

  • Ensure that the dining hall kitchen and each individual workstation is set up for every meal with all needed ingredients and equipment.

  • Safely utilize and operate a variety of utensils including knives & equipment such as ovens, stoves, slicers, mixers, etc.

  • Taste products, read menus, estimate food requirements, check production, and keep records in order to accurately plan production.

  • Work with operational and culinary staff to requisition product, supplies and equipment.

  • Clean and sanitize all work stations and equipment and follow all Ithaca College and other relevant regulatory rules and procedures.

  • Attend all required training sessions including allergy, foodborne illness, and safety training.

  • Develop and demonstrate a multicultural awareness and contribute to cultivating an inclusive, diverse and respectful Ithaca College community. Demonstrate civil and inclusive behavior when interacting with staff, faculty, students and visitors to the College. Promote a flexible, collaborative and inclusive work and living environment and engage in educational opportunities to increase awareness and understanding of diversity and inclusion.

Job Qualifications

Previous experience as a chef, cook or similar position in a college/university dining hall, a restaurant or other relevant establishment and working knowledge of food preparation procedures and equipment is required. Willingness to adhere to food preparation and service standards as set by Ithaca College Dining Services staff is required. Ability to read and follow written and electronic recipes while unsupervised is required. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to provide excellent customer service while working effectively and respectfully within a diverse and inclusive environment is strongly preferred. The Cook 2 will be required to obtain food safety certification upon hire.

Work Environment

Work of the Cook 2 is carried out within an accessible, safe, indoor and occasional outdoor environment. Long periods of walking, standing, bending and carrying moderately heavy items (up to 50 pounds) may be necessary. The Cook 2 will be issued and/or required to wear slip resistant shoes, cut gloves, and operate kitchen equipment. The Cook 2 will be required to work overtime, nights and weekends and various holidays as needed.

Application Instructions

Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.

Interested applicants must apply online at and attach a resume and cover letter. Questions about online application should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at Screening of applications will begin immediately.

Visa sponsorship is not provided for this position.

We pride ourselves on providing our benefit-eligible employees with comprehensive benefits, including work/life balance, generous paid time off policies, career-enhancing trainings, educational benefits, and opportunities to give back to the community. Beyond benefits, you’ll enjoy the kind of uniquely rewarding work environment that can only be found in a vibrant college community. For an overview of our benefit offerings, please visit

Hiring rate

$18.88 per hour

At Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of approximately 5,000 students, we strive to be at the forefront of the higher education landscape. We offer a distinct integrative learning experience that makes students ready for the personal, professional, and global challenges of our age.

We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to be a part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history. We encourage creative collaboration and innovation in our faculty and staff, providing support and resources for them to grow in their fields and lead students to their own innovative ideas and achievements.

We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates with unique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive of individuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is a vibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn, succeed, and excel.

When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of a number of core competencies. Prospective candidates must be adaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive, results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively, demonstrate leadership, exhibit professional integrity and ethics, take initiative, value personal and professional development, and show that they will engage in the college.

Nestled in the heart of New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center. Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of a college community, the thriving and culturally diverse city of Ithaca has been rated by Kiplinger’s as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States.

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